The Armed Forces Classic brings premier college basketball games to our nation’s troops, wherever they are stationed around the world.
The Armed Forces Classic rotates among military bases throughout the world. Partnering with the U.S. Department of Defense and each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, and building off of ESPN’s Veteran’s Week Initiative, ESPN presents a one-game basketball event hosted at a different branch of the U.S. Armed Forces each year. The goal is to take the event, and a heaping slice of American sports from back home, to our troops.
2012 – Connecticut 66, Michigan State 62
2013 – Oregon 82, Georgetown 75
2014 – Louisville 81, Minnesota 68
2015 – Pittsburgh vs. Gonzaga – game suspended at halftime due to court conditions
2016 – Arizona 65, Michigan State 63 – Indiana 103, Kansas 99 (OT)
2017 – Texas A&M 88, West Virginia 65
The 2018 event will occur on Nov. 9 at the U.S. Army Base Fort Bliss, located just outside El Paso, Texas.
Through it’s first five years the Armed Forces Classic has rotated among five different branches of the U.S. military:
2012: Air Force hosted at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
2013: Army hosted at Camp Humphreys in Korea.
2014: The Coast Guard hosted at Air Station Borinquen in Puerto Rico.
2015: The United States Marines Corps hosted at Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler in Okinawa, Japan.
2016: Navy hosted at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu.
2017: Air Force hosted at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
Sites have currently been announced through 2020:
2018: Army will host at Fort Bliss in Texas.
2019: Army and Air Force will host at Joint Base Elmendorf in Alaska.
2020: Marines will host at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
Due to limited seating, tickets for the 2018 event are only available to military personnel on site.